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Foundation for Sustainable Development (FUNDESO)



Photo by FUNDESO
Address:

Bo. New York detras de la cancha

Bluefields, Nicaragua

Phone number:
+505/572-0617 or 832-4219 (Cell)
Fax:
+505/572-0617
Email:

eahodgso@yahoo.com fundeso@turbonett.com fundeso2@turbonett.com

Executive director:

Ing. Edmar Allan Hodgson Sobalvarro 

Year founded:
1998
Mission statement:

FUNDESO is a civil society, humanitarian, volunteer-based NGO. The organization has offices in Managua, Chontales, and the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), and has authorization to work in the rest of the country. The organization contributes to the sustainable development of Nicaraguan society by formulating, implementing, and supporting integral programs and projects with participation from civil society. FUNDESO aims to generate gradual, progressive, and irreversible changes in the Nicaraguan population by developing local capacities in the medium and long term to improve the quality of life without harming the environment.

Annual budget: $75,000

Major donors:

  1. Cosecha Sostenible Internacional (CSI)
  2. Conservation International (CI), Regional
  3. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Regional
  4. Ministerio del Ambiente y de los Recursos Naturales (MARENA), Nicaragua; through the Atlantic Biological Corridor (Corredor Biológico del Atlántico - CBA) and the Small Grants Program (PPD)

  5. Agencia de Cooperación Internacional Danesa (DANIDA), Denmark

  6. Department for International Development Cooperation (FINNIDA), Finland

  7. Agencia Sueca para el Desarrollo Internacional (SIDA), Switzerland

  8. Rare, Regional

Objectives:

  • Formulate, implement, advise, channel, and provide follow-up to agroforestery, social, and rural programs and projects.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of intellectual, social, cultural, and physical aspects of rural society.
  • Establish methods of cooperation between national and international organizations that are interested in contributing to the socio-environmental and economic development of Nicaraguan society.
  • Carry out projects with community participation in sustainable agriculture, agroforestry development, biodiversity conservation, and other areas.

Description of the area where organization works:

The most protected areas in Nicaragua are the Atlantic Autonomous Regions of Nicaragua South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) and the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN), which represent 50.4% of the national territory. The protected areas in RAAS are: Cerro Silva Natural Reserve; Cerro Wawashang Natural Reserve; Punta Gorda Natural Reserve; Indio Maíz Natural Reserve; Municipality of Bluefields Wetlands Network, a RAMSAR site; Llanos de Karawala Natural Reserve; and Llanos de Makantaka Natural Reserve. The areas in RAAN are: Bosawas Natural Reserve; Cayos Miskitos Natural Reserve; Alamikamaba Natural Reserve; and the Southeastern Biosphere Reserve of Nicaragua. The region's vast corridors harbor many species of endangered flora and fauna.

The most protected areas in Nicaragua are the Atlantic Autonomous Regions of Nicaragua South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) and the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN), which represent 50.4% of the national territory. The protected areas in RAAS are: Cerro Silva Natural Reserve; Cerro Wawashang Natural Reserve; Punta Gorda Natural Reserve; Indio Maíz Natural Reserve; Municipality of Bluefields Wetlands Network, a RAMSAR site; Llanos de Karawala Natural Reserve; and Llanos de Makantaka Natural Reserve. The areas in RAAN are: Bosawas Natural Reserve; Cayos Miskitos Natural Reserve; Alamikamaba Natural Reserve; and the Southeastern Biosphere Reserve of Nicaragua. The region's vast corridors harbor many species of endangered flora and fauna.

There is great concern because of the advance of the agricultural frontier and the lack of environmental education in the population that lives in extreme poverty. For this reason, it is considered very important to develop projects for this fragile area that is rich is biological diversity, ethnic cultures, and indigenous communities.

Memberships:

Memberships can be obtained through agreements to:

  • Carry out joint programs and projects.
  • Exchange of information.
  • Environmental education and dissemination.
  • Consultancies.

These agreements will provide the applicants with help from the multidisciplinary technical team, use of the equipment, information from the organization, and use of the legal status to carry out programs, projects, and consultancies.

Number of members:

FUNDESO is comprised of a board of directors with five persons that have voice and voting power, and a technical team formed by 14 multidisciplinary professionals with voice but no voting powers. The boards of directors of the communities where FUNDESO works are also involved.

Projects:

  1. Environmental and Socio-economic Study of the Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers Wetlands

    Summary: FUNDESO directed an environmental and socio-economic study of the Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers wetlands in which 20% of the families of the communities of San Sebastián de Talento 1 and 2 and Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers were surveyed and interviewed, all of them located in the buffer zone of the Cerro Silva Nature Reserve (CSNR). The study aimed to reveal the environmental, social, economic, and productive status and the characteristics of the natural ecosystems present in the communities adjacent to the Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers wetlands.

  2. Integral Strategies for the Rescue and Conservation of the Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers Wetlands

    Summary: FUNDESO promotes the sustainable use of natural resources, and the conservation and restoration of biological diversity in the Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers wetlands and buffer zones.

  3. Rural Community Ecotourism in Four Indigenous Communities of the Municipality of Pearl Lagoon

    Summary: FUNDESO and the Indigenous Movement of the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (Movimiento Indígena de la Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur - MIRAAS) have been promoting the sustainable development of rural community-based ecotourism in four indigenous communities of the Municipality of Pearl Lagoon in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua, through sustainable forest management conseving the scenic beauty of the beaches, and diversifying farms. The required tourism infrastructure (cabins, trails, and model ecological farms) was provided to improve livelihoods for 90 indigenous families living in the Cerro Silva Nature Reserve and Cerro Wawashang Nature Reserve zone.

  4. Strengthening Production Capacity on Farms in the Kama River Communities, Municipality of Kukra Hill

    Summary:  Sustainable economic and environmental development was fostered by incorporating sustainable management practices on farms. To reduce environmental and social pressures, loan contracts for farm animals were created that had to be returned in kind, to benefit other families. This involved strengthening traditional production systems (agricultural, agroforestry and grassland management) to raise productivity and increase food security.

  5. Environmental Restoration of Eight Communities in Mateare, Nicaragua

    Summary: The environmental recovery plan aimed to find solutions to the region’s problems, improve the environmental conditions of the communities, and reduce pollution by promoting the rational use of natural resources and the proper disposal of sewage and gray water. To address these issues, work was carried out with women during their daily activities in the backyards of their homes. Health and hygiene have improved as a result. The introduction of chicken farming and vegetable gardens has helped to bolster the food supply and has generated production options.

  6. Strengthening the Coalition of Organizations Working in Biodiversity Conservation and Park Guards

    Summary:  FUNDESO supplies park guards with equipment to carry out their surveillance, control, and monitoring duties in the buffer zone of the Cerro Silva Natural Reserve and the network of wetlands of the Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers.  Policies, programs, and projects that focus on improving the quality of life in the communities will help to strengthen the Coalition of Organizations Working in Biodiversity Conservation (COCBio), a coalition of local conservation organizations.

Principal accomplishments:

  • Provided training and technical assistance to small and medium-sized producers.
  • Carried out environmental health actions. Conducted studies in local participatory development.
  • Promoted:
    • Productive participation.

    • Sustainable agriculture.

    • Citizen participation focusing on gender.

  • Carried out work in the following areas:
    • Sustainable agriculture in eight communities of Kuka Rivers in the Municipality of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

    • Environmental education campaign at the municipal level in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

Volunteers:

FUNDESO is willing to receive volunteers that contribute to the conservation of natural resources and biological diversity. Although there are no funds assigned for lodging, food, transportation, and other costs, members of FUNDESO are willing to help as much as they can with lodging and food.

Related links:

  • www.marena.gob.ni

    Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Nicaragua. (Spanish only).

  • www.intur.gob.ni

    Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism. (Spanish only).

  • www.idr.gob.ni

    Rural Development Institute, Nicaragua, supports the development of production for small and medium-sized producers and small rural businesses, by implementing, managing, and coordinating investment programs and projects that increase the productivity and efficiency in harmony with the environment. (Spanish only)

  • www.pnd.gob.ni/raas3.shtm

    Rural Plan for Development Strategy for Development of the RAAS. Includes general information on the region and actions carried out. (Spanish only)

  • www.conservation.org

    Conservation International. Links are provided to the regions where this international conservation NGO works.

  • www.cepf.net

    Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). Foundation that provides strategic assistance to nongovernmental organizations, community groups and other civil society partners to help safeguard Earth's biodiversity hotspots.

  • www.rainforest-alliance.org

    Rainforest Alliance. International conservation NGO that protects ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

Publications:
  • www.eco-index.org/search/pdfs/fundeso.pdf

    Series of photos of FUNDESO's work (with text in Spanish)

  • Final report of the project "Establishment of Integral Strategies for the Rescue and Conservation of the Caño Negro de Kukra Rivers Wetlands and its Buffer Zones in Three Communities of the Bluefields Region in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS)."  Fundación para el Desarrollo Sostenible, Fondo para Pequeños Proyectos, Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales,  Nicaragua.   2006.  Includes beneficiaries, results, evaluation, lessons learned, conclusions, and photos of the accomplishments.  34 pages.  In Spanish.

  • Final report of the project "Sustainable Development for Rural Community Ecotourism in Two Indigenous Communities (Kahkabila y Orinoco) in the Municipality of Laguna de Perlas" in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua (RAAS).  Fundación para el Desarrollo Sostenible, Movimiento Indígena de la RAAS, Fondo para Pequeños Proyectos.  2006.  Includes beneficiaries, results, evaluation, lessons learned, conclusions, and photos of the accomplishments.  42 pages. In Spanish.

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